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Jean Irby

July 30, 1933 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Jean Irby, 90, Fargo, ND passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, at River Pointe of Moorhead, MN.

Jean was born July 30, 1933 at Staples, MN. She attended school through the 9th grade in Staples before the family moved to Warroad, MN where she graduated as valedictorian from Warroad High School in 1951. Jean married John T. Irby on Nov. 23, 1952 in Warroad.

Over the course of their 71-year marriage they lived in various places: Massachusetts, North Dakota, Illinois, and Idaho, settling the longest in  International Falls, MN where they raised their family and made many friends. Jean was active in the community, her church and volunteering. She volunteered many hours at Voyageurs National Park and loved spending summers at their cabin on Dove Island and later on Big Cormorant Lake; and winters in Fort Walton Beach, FL. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Sons of Norway. 

She is survived by her husband, John of West Fargo; three children, John (Jan) Irby of Casselton ND, Carol (Don) McIntire of Hewitt, MN and Sue (Lance) Hightower of Terlton, OK; grandchildren, Joseph Irby, Lindsey (Jeff) Bladow, Alexandra Tollefson, RaeLee Hightower and Sterling Hightower; great granddaughter, Ember Bladow; three siblings, Ann Bailey, Jim Norris and Joe Norris; and several nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, LuAnn; granddaughter, Laura Sue; and brother, Pat Norris.

Memorial Service: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 at 2 PM at West Funeral Home Chapel, West Fargo, ND with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be in Warroad at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to the Rainy River College Foundation for the LuAnn Irby Memorial Scholarship fund. (1501 Highway 71, International Falls, MN 56649)

 

 

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Saturday
January 20, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center
321 Sheyenne Street
West Fargo, ND 58078

Funeral Service
Saturday
January 20, 2024

2:00 PM
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center
321 Sheyenne Street
West Fargo, ND 58078

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